How Honest Are You?
Analyzes students' understanding of honesty, showing that they don't have much trouble with simple honesty, but in some situations, where honesty is a much deeper problem, complications arise.
Teen boys in locker room getting dressed for a game
Bob comes back to locker room to take something from someone else's locker
Bob comes back to locker room to take something from a locker
Same scene again - this time tracking shot reveals witness
Teen boy awake at night thinking
Bob in locker room again, this time more obviously stealing money
Ken Smith sez: Did basketball star Bob really steal money out of Ben's locker? Since this is a Coronet film he probably didn't, but the characters in this production have to flesh out the truth for themselves. Lots of deep self-examination of motives and what was and wasn't seen, lots of interplay with the camera, and acting that's actually pretty good. There's even a plot twist, when "Rose" confesses her real reason for ratting to the coach about Bob. "I can just see it," she says, as the camera dollies in for a CU of her glazed eyes. "You'll get Bob off the team and Terry will become the regular center. MY Terry. He'll be the star of the team. And I'll be sitting on top of the world!" Whew, pretty heady stuff for Coronet.
All in all, a tight little film; an example of Coronet's social guidance style at its peak.
The actors deliver their lines with exactly the same cadence and emphasis as they would later in Going Steady? and How To Say No. Also, as in those films, this Coronet production has no narrator. Coincidences?
BASKETBALL SPORTS BOYS COACHES LOCKER ROOMS SNOOPING THIEVERY CRIME LYING HONESTY BEHAVIOR SOCIAL GUIDANCE ATHLETICS TEENAGERS ADOLESCENTS DISCUSSIONS SCHOOLS EDUCATION STUDENTS WHISTLES ASSUMPTIONS ANGST
Subject: Let's Dissect The Term "Honest"
And that is exactly what they did.
Apparently Hillary Rodham (later Clinton) was home sick from school the day they showed this film.
Subject: Good but somewhat contrived
Subject: Campy Fun
FIND THE TRUTH
Subject: Rashomon, Coronet style!
And hey! It's Edward from Dating Do's and Don'ts! And Jason Priestley!
Subject: How Honest Are You?
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on Teenage Turmoil, Vol. 6